Chairperson Joel Piperberg called the meeting to order at 4: 10 p.m. in Chryst 2 10. All Departments were represented except Counseling & Human Development and Developmental Studies. Also present were Thomas Baker, President of the Student Senate and student journalist, Brooke Goldman.
The Minutes of the meeting on October 19, 1999 were approved.
Report of the Faculty Senate Chairperson
Chairperson Piperberg announced that Dr. Zhoude Shao (Math) will replace Dr. R. France as chairperson of the Academic Policies Committee. The position will last until next year. Also, Dr. Elizabeth Thyrum (Psychology) was elected to the General Education Review Committee to replace Fred Foster-Clark who was elected Chairperson of that committee.
Chairperson Piperberg said there had been some concerns about some of the language in the Distance Learning Approval Process and reminded Senators that this was the language approved at the April 1999 meeting. A meeting will be held to clear up these concerns. He will report back to the Senate the results of that meeting as soon as possible.
Chairperson Piperberg said that Agenda item XII -- Discussion of the proposal to direct the Graduate Course and Program Review Committee to consider the Gradebook Retention Policy - will be delayed until the return of committee chair, R. Kerper.
Chairperson Piperberg called for volunteers to record the Senate Minutes on November 16, 1999 in the absence of the secretary.
Report of the Student Senate President
President Baker said that MU Pride Day had been successful, as had the Dialogue on Race held recently on Campus.
Report of the Graduate Student Association No Report
Reports of Administrative Officers
Associate Provost Stager No report
Acting Associate Provost Phillips Dr. Phillips said that the green advisement sheet had been revised for the purposes of clarity and would be distributed shortly.
Reports of the Faculty Senate Standing Committees
UCPRC Chairperson R. Wismer presented the following proposals:
History 100 The Craft of History (new course) To avoid confusion, the course will be renumbered as History 105.
A proposal to condense History 103 and 104 into one course To avoid confusion, the course will be renumbered as History 106. History 400 Senior Seminar (new course)
Revised BA curriculum for the History Department
A proposal to add Math 160 (Precalculus) as a prerequisite for Math 161.
Honors Program Committee
Chairperson M. Warmkessel said that the committee would be presenting ideas (for information purposes) to the Senate in the process of transforming the program into an honors college. Changes in the program are not being considered at present. (see attachment A, attachment B, attachment C, attachment D, and attachment E)
Faculty Emeritus None
Reports of Faculty Senate Special Committees No reports
Proposed Courses and Programs
The Senate approved the following Course Proposals/Changes
English 329 Practical Journalism - Field Experience (new course)
English 330 Computer Assisted Journalism (new courses)
Math 104 Change in prerequisite. The proposed change for Math 104 adds: "Math Placement Testing/Evaluation before registration"
Repackaging of existing courses in BSE Art Education, BA Art and BA Art (Commercial Art)
Election: Chairperson, African-American Studies Curriculum Committee
Chairperson Piperberg said no nominations had been received for this position. He would be contacting faculty in pursuit of nominees.
Proposal to indefinitely postpone implementation of Phase 11 General Education Revision Plan. On a S/Luek/C. Desmond motion, the Senate agreed to postpone implementation of the Phase 11 General Education Revision Plan until there are more specific suggestions as to what action should be taken. On a D. Eidam/B. Dorman motion the word "indefinitely" was deleted from the original proposal.
Other/New Business In response to a question about how long a delay was necessary before submitting proposals to grant Emeritus Status to regular part time faculty (a proposal approved at the Oct 19 meeting of the Senate), Chairperson Piperberg said he would contact Provost McNairy. He suggested that any such proposals could be prepared.
The meeting adjourned at 4:35 p.m.